The New York Red Bulls got revenge against Orlando City SC on the road Sunday night. After falling 1-0 at Red Bull Arena earlier in the season, Brian White struck the game’s lone goal to give the Red Bulls their third win on the road this season.
The Red Bulls started another mixed lineup due to a short week. Kemar Lawrence and Alex Muyl stayed in New Jersey. Derrick Etienne Jr. earned a rare start on the back of a solid substitute appearance against Toronto FC. Despite not recording a point in the match, Etienne showed his dynamic ability.
Brian White opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, scoring his seventh of the season. Amro Tarek stepped up to intercept a ball on the left flank, then played the ball centrally to Kaku. Kaku sent a perfectly weighted through ball into the box. White timed his run perfectly, striking the pass first time. The ball struck Brian Rowe as he rushed out of goal, but he failed to stop it’s momentum, and the ball trickled into the net.
The Red Bulls continued to create chances throughout the first half, but Brian Rowe kept OCSC in the match. At a goal down, OCSC came out in the second half looking to find more attacking success. They pushed their line forward hoping to create defensive issues through additional bodies. Only the cross kept OCSC from leveling the match.
Tesho Akindele struck the crossbar twice on long range efforts. Sacha Kljestan hit the post late during a mad scramble in the box, but Luis Robles managed to snuff out the danger. OCSC continued to create chances in the second half, but struggled to get meaningful chances and shots on target.
The Red Bulls improve to 10-8-4 following the win. Next up, they return home to face Columbus Crew SC on July 27th.
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